Cosmetic Dentistry Blog of Dr Sussman & Pogal

Providing better smiles to Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport & Nearby Areas of New York

July 20, 2017

Temporomandibular joint disorder, called "TMJ," can cause a variety of painful symptoms, including chronic headaches and facial soreness. At the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal, we offer real-world solutions for this common dental problem. Unfortunately, TMJ often goes undiagnosed. General pain is difficult for non-dental professionals to connect to TMJ. Headache treatments may be recommended to you, but these won't get at the actual cause of your symptoms.

Our experienced dentists first determine the most relaxed, ideal position of your bite and jaws. Then we create a customized orthotic device that holds the jaw in that position, thereby relieving tension, stress and exertion on the TMJ. A misaligned bite can cause strain in these joints, which could be causing your symptoms.

If you live in Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport or any of the surrounding areas and are ready to find effective relief for your TMJ symptoms, please call our experienced staff at 585-227-4390.

July 13, 2017

Enamel erosion treatment in RochesterEnamel is the outer coating of your teeth. It's very hard, and it protects the dentin beneath. Even though enamel is strong, it's possible for it to erode. Worn enamel leaves your teeth vulnerable to sensitivity and decay.

Here are some of the most common causes of enamel erosion:

  • Soda and other carbonated drinks
  • Carbonated water
  • Fruit juice
  • Forceful brushing
  • Teeth grinding
  • Chronic dry mouth

Acids present in citrus, carbonated beverages and fruit juices wear away enamel over time. But erosion can also be caused by physical forces such as abrasion and teeth clenching. Certain medications can also corrode enamel. The eating disorder bulimia is another cause.

Depending on the extent to which your enamel has eroded, you may be able to prevent further damage, or you may require one of the following restorations to protect the teeth:

  • Tooth crowns
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth bonding

You can't really re-grow tooth enamel after it has been stripped away. But the tooth restorations above can re-build the tooth and protect it from further damage. To prevent enamel erosion, consider the following tips:

  • Use light, gentle pressure when you brush your teeth
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Cut back on or eliminate soda and fruit juices from your diet (alternatively, use a straw when drinking these beverages to prevent the liquid from touching your teeth)
  • Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production, which contains minerals that strengthen your teeth

Rely on our dentists to solve your dental health problems. Schedule an appointment with us today if you suspect your enamel may be eroded or if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity for some reason. Please call our Rochester, NY office at 585-227-4390.

June 20, 2017

Various types of braces offer the orthodontic patient more options than ever before. While teens and children still tend to prefer colorful rubber bands and traditional braces, adults may opt for tooth-colored brackets or Invisalign®. Whatever your preference, the experienced dentists at the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal can help you find the right treatment to improve your bite and your smile.

To arrange a consultation, please call 585-227-4390. We proudly care for people from Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport and surrounding areas in New York.

June 14, 2017

Dental implant care in Rochester NYOnce your dental implants have healed, you'll be able to fully enjoy the benefits of these outstanding tooth replacements. Chewing, speaking and smiling will feel as comfortable and natural as before you lost teeth. Caring for your dental implants long-term is also easy, as long as you practice proper dental hygiene.

The following are care tips for your dental implants:

  • Brush at least twice a day. There is no need to brush more often with dental implants, or to use a different type of toothbrush than you do normally.
  • Don't neglect the dental implant when brushing and flossing. It's true the porcelain restoration atop the dental implant cannot decay. But the gum tissue and surrounding teeth can become infected and decayed. You must reduce plaque and food debris on all of your teeth, including on the dental implants, in order to maintain a healthy oral cavity.
  • Visit the dentist for your routine appointments. Our experienced dentists will help you maintain your dental implants for the long-term. With regular dental cleanings and exams, we ensure the cleanliness of the restoration and check for signs of any problems.

Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal are dedicated to the lasting dental wellness of each of their guests. If you are interested in dental implants, we will fill you in on all of the details. We want you to know what to expect from the treatment process as well as the long-term performance of these restorations. Our dentists will also determine if you are a good candidate for any other type of tooth replacement, so that you get the full picture of your options.

To schedule a consultation in Rochester, NY, please call 585-227-4390, or contact us by completing the form on this page.

June 07, 2017

Call the experienced dentists at the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal to find out if mini dental implants are right for you. These smaller mini dental implants are a good option for a wide variety of patients. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced dentists in Rochester, NY, please call 585-227-4390.

May 24, 2017

A smile analysis is a comprehensive assessment of your teeth, gums and entire oral cavity. We assess your smile as part of a tailored approach to achieving your cosmetic and general dental goals. To arrange your consultation and smile analysis with our experienced Rochester dentists, please call our team at 585-227-4390.

May 16, 2017

Sleep apnea treatment in Rochester NYMillions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Hundreds of thousands of new cases are diagnosed each year. There's no good way to know exactly how many cases go undiagnosed. If you suffer from sleep apnea, treatment is necessary to restore your ability to get restful, restorative sleep.

At the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal, we are proud to provide one of the most effective, comfortable forms of treatment: the mouth splint. You may have also heard this treatment referred to as a snoring device, sleep appliance or mandibular advancing splint. There is a wide variety of brands. We use the MicrO2.

You may wonder, how does the sleep device prevent sleep apnea? It works by holding your jaws forward, in their proper position, so that the tissues of your throat and the back of your mouth cannot droop into your airway. It is the drooping of these tissues that causes an obstruction of your airway while you sleep, thereby cutting off the flow of oxygen until your brain rouses you enough to open your airway.

If you suffer from this sleep disorder, you may have repeated episodes of airway blockage dozens to hundreds of times a night. It makes it virtually impossible to get the high-quality, restorative sleep your brain and body need. Some of the potential long-term consequences of untreated sleep apnea are:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression and other mood changes
  • Extreme daytime fatigue

If you think you may have sleep apnea, we urge you to contact our dentists. Once a physician diagnoses the disorder, we can provide treatment to restore restful sleep.

To schedule a consultation with our experienced dentists in Rochester, please call our staff at 585-227-4390. We are proud to provide care to people from across the region, including the areas of Webster, Greece and Fairport, NY.

May 08, 2017

Porcelain veneers can last a very long time, especially if you take care of them. The teeth are gently abraded so that a very strong, durable connection is formed between the veneer and the enamel. Maintenance should include brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for routine cleanings and exams. Although the veneer itself cannot decay, the junction where the veneer and natural enamel meet can develop cavities. Please watch Dr. Sussman's video to learn more. Curious if porcelain veneers will work for you? To schedule a FREE consultation in Rochester, NY, please call our experienced staff at 585-227-4390.

April 21, 2017

Invisalign® is an innovative, effective way to straighten your teeth and align your bite without metal brackets and wires. Many adults who want to improve their smiles are excited about the prospect of nearly invisible orthodontic treatment. The only way to know if you are a good candidate is to schedule a consult at our office in Rochester, NY. We look forward to meeting you to discuss your goals! To arrange your Invisalign® evaluation, please call the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 585-227-4390.

April 13, 2017

At our Rochester dental practice, you can rest assured your cosmetic results will look gorgeous but natural. In the experienced hands of our dentists, the subtle features lending to a restoration's natural appearance are handled with care and attention. We want you to be ecstatic about your results, and to leave our office feeling exceptionally confident about your smile.

To arrange a consultation, please call us at 585-227-4390, or use the contact form on this website. We look forward to meeting you to discuss your smile goals!